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yep, you're looking at what's called the sideshow. illegal street racing in which reckless drivers take over the streets at night and they're surging in california. abc's brand hi brandi hitt rode along with the highway patrol in an undercover bust of this potentially deadly entertainment. >> reporter: chaos on the streets south of los angeles. >> right there. >> reporter: abc news on an exclusive ride along with undercover officers as they hunt down potentially reckless riders spinning out of control. in what are known as sideshows, illegal mob scenes and street races like these that have turned into a showdown with police. is street racing ramping up? >> yes, we believe so. they think it's us versus them mentality. >> reporter: in february, cameras captured this deadly
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street race in los angeles. watch the mustang on the left swerve into a crowd, killing two people. street racers also shut down l.a.'s busy 105 freeway in december. scenes like these becoming all too familiar from oakland to southern california. >> hopefully we can curve some of this behavior. >> reporter: more than 100 officers flooded streets sunday evening boxing in this swarm of more than 200 cars. at least ten people arrested on a variety of charges including street racing. hundreds of others given misdemeanor citations. some people are going to say maybe this is a little overboard. >> anytime a person gets killed as a result of something like this, we're going to do everything we can to crush this type of criminal activity. >> reporter: officers believe this battle to control the roads here in california is just the beginning. they expected it to get worse during summer break and planning more large police responses like this one. reena, and t.j. >> thank you so much. we want to give you and i look
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now what the family sedan will look like in 15 years. i should say might look like. as long as it has heated seats. >> absolutely. chevy is showing off the self-driving electric car at the shanghai auto show in china this week. it's called the fnr, a concept car. it's mostly fantasy and doesn't work just yet. chevy is predicting automated cars will be practical and affordable by 2030. good looking. i love cars. they give you these concept cars and then you never see them again. >> can i tell you what i love one feature? >> i'm listening. you never have to worry about losing your keys. it has iris recognition. you just walk in i'm assuming and look and drive off. >> heated seats and she doesn't want to keep the keys. >> iris recognition. that's my new one. >> she'll buy it. >> great escapes coming up. the building duo constructing one-of-a-kind cabins, even an outhouse can have a breathtaking view i'm told. >> ahead in our next half hour,
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what do you get when you cross doting parents with social media? it could be oversharenting. is that a real word? very strong opinions about this one. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world new
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the the builders you're about to meet are part craftsmen and i guess dumpster diver might be a word. they repurpose unusual material to make unusual cabins. >> they're called the cabin kings. we're up all nightline with abc's byron pitts who paid them a visit. >> reporter: meet pat, king craftsmen of the northeast. >> i've taken more stuff out of a dumpster than i've thrown in a dumpster. >> he has the knack for making about just anything out of just about anything. >> that's a hornet's nest. you find them in the trees in the fall. >> he's one-half of the duo behind the crazy cabins featured
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on national geographic channel's hit show "building wild." >> i can't afford a 60-foot deck. >> we can't afford to have it tip over. >> reporter: along with designer paul, they together make up the cabin kings. their ideas aren't always conventional. >> this is going to be great. how often do you get to build with an airplane? but there is a method to their madness. they save their clients time and money on a hilltop cabin. >> my bed. nice. >> this is just crazy. >> reporter: a floating get away. >> this is so cool. >> reporter: and this sugar shack. >> wow, holy, wow, this doesn't look like the thing that we left. >> reporter: we wanted to get a closer look at some of the most outrageous cabins and traveled to bennington, vermont, the heart of cabin country. we snowmobiled our way through winding backroads, braved sub zero temperatures and climbed 1200 feet above sea level to check out this the waterfall
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cabin. >> what do you think when you see all this? >> i just -- i see no stress and relaxation. that's what i see. >> reporter: but it's not just the view that makes this cabin special. master bedroom is made out of a refrigerator box truck. and a toilet like no other. >> step up in there. >> all right. >> just try it out. >> what the -- what? my god. >> for the family, the outcome better than they dreamed. >> shut the hell up. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> this is like a -- >> correct, correct. >> nope. can't put a price tag on it. probably it will never be for sale. i guess it won't matter what it's worth. >> reporter: for night line, byron pitts in vermont. >> these guys get like five days. >> and that's it. building wild is the name of the show. it airs tonight 9:00, 8:00
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all right. time for "the mix". you know, i almost wanted to skip the first story so we can get right to reena's. the new 1 world trade center, i'm going to take you inside. this is something cool they've done with the elevator that takes you up to the observatory at the new 1 world trade center. what it does is takes you through 550 years of history of the tip of manhattan. you see it being built up. one thing you notice coming up on the right, it shows it from this perspective. you're going to see part of the history of lower manhattan. the twin towers which are no longer there. you see the twin towers pop up as part of the history and then there it is on the right. and then it fades away. that represents it being there and no longer being there.
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lower manhattan. kind of a sad tribute but it's part of the history of the tip of manhattan. still, it's remarkable what they've done and this elevator ride you'll be able to see if you go to the observeatory there up to the 102nd floor. >> i like the way they did that. >> it's interesting how they did it. >> ready for my story that you were giggling about? >> let's do it. >> there is a 7-year-old boy who wants to be a jedi knight. and the problem is, he wants to get married. that's really the problem. >> not now. like later in his life. >> down the road and this whole concept the jedi notion if you have a personal attachment somehow you can go into the darkside. he was a little concerned about that and wants to get married at some point and decided to write to george lucas himself. and he just -- there you see his handwritten note. i want to get married without becoming a sith. >> why are you laughing? >> you're doing well so far. >> all right. you didn't think i'd get this
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far, tj. this boy got a response from george lucas. he took the time to write back. he said to be a true jedi, you have to know the value of friendship, compassion and loyalty. these are important tenets in marriage and he said when you find somebody you can connect to in a selfless way you're in the path of light. the dark side will not take hold of you. with this goodness in your heart, you can get married. sincerely george lucas. >> he took time to write that kid. that is fantastic. >> i think it's a lovely letter and lovely response. >> well thought out actually. >> it's good for those of us married we're not all on the darkside. >> well. i got married. it kept me from the darkside when i got married. let's show you one piece of video. a young lady, 9 years old and is she just not impressive? she is on the show britain's got talent. she's a junior irish kickboxing
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champion. her whole point was to get out there and wow simon cowell.
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this morning on "world news now," life or death. the sentencing phase of the convicted boston bomber begins just hours from now. why some survivors say his life should be spared. >> extreme weather. from lightning storms last night on capitol hill to powerful winds whipping across georgia. the human toll and the next storm. >> dramatic scene. the roadside rescue carried out by quick thinking police officers and how a complete stranger helped them in an explosive life or death situation. >> and critical nights. the judges come down hard on "dancing with the stars" contestants who got kicked off and whose performance was considered too raunchy. that's in "the skinny" on this tuesday, april 21st.
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>> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. good morning, everyone. we're going to begin with a very serious topic this hour. the next step in the trial of dzhokhar tsarnaev. the next step is actually the trial sentencing phase. it begins this very morning. >> the question now, will he be sentenced to death or life in prison? this new phase of the trial starts a day after the boston marathon. abc's tom llamas reports for us from boston. >> reporter: for many, the boston marathon is a milestone. >> so proud of you. >> reporter: for rebekah gregory, it's a turning point. posting this picture on facebook, this is the day i take my life back. after losing a leg in the bombing, she learned to walk again, then to run, and that photo finish falling to her knees overwhelmed with emotion. >> whatever's going on in your life, just don't give up because the finish line is a great place
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to be. >> reporter: today, prosecutors begin their effort to convince jurors to sentence dzhokhar tsarnaev to death, something a growing number of his victims oppose. patrick downs and his wife jessica who each lost a leg telling the boston globe we must overcome the impulse for vengeance. the richard family saying it could brings years of appeals and prolonged reliving the most painful day of our lives. >> it's just bringing up all of this stuff and having to relive it every single day and -- there's no good that can come out of that. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say they've been in constant contact with the victims and they understand their concerns but they told me point blank they are pursuing the death penalty. tom llamas, abc news, boston. >> we turn to baltimore now where city officials calling for calm as protesters rally against the death of another black man in police custody. 25-year-old freddie gray you're seeing there suffered a fatal spinal injury. he slipped into a coma and died a week after he was arrested. this is the video.
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a lot of people have been seeing. he's crying out as he's dragged into a police van. six officers have been suspended. police say there's no evidence of any use of force. >> they're responsible for what happened to him because it happened in their custody under extraordinarily suspicious circumstances that cry out for transparency and full disclosure. >> police say gray took off running when he saw the officers. they say he had a switch blade. it's unclear why he was arrested. he repeatedly asked for an inhaler and medical attention while in the van. the police commissioner has acknowledged that they should have called paramedics sooner. >> much of the east is drying out after severe thunderstorms. there was a spectacular light show on capitol hill as well as hail. no reports of significant damage. and you'll probably see this video in a late night comedy monologue soon, but for many of the east, these storms were no laughing matter. abc's linsey davis has details. >> reporter: nearly the entire
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i-95 corridor, more than 50 million people in the crosshairs of severe storms. georgia pummeled with hail. >> i've never seen hail this big. >> this storm has the very real potential to produce tornado touchdowns. >> reporter: tornado warnings sending these georgia high school students into lockdown, sheltering in a hallway. the storms also proving deadly. a 60-year-old killed after a tree crashed on to her house in atlanta. sirens blared along miami beach after a funnel cloud was spotted. while in new york, 45-mile-an-hour wind gusts flipped umbrellas inside out. traffic is creeping along because of major flooding on this highway. in fact, we've gotten more rain just in one hour than we have in the entire month. all that rain also causing flash flooding. this same system producing more than 400 severe weather reports since the weekend. damage from confirmed tornadoes and straight line winds. in alabama, the wind so strong, trains blown off their tracks.
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the severe weather isn't over yet. commuters in the northeast still not getting a break. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> these downpours tapering off in the northeast. another major storm system is hitting the southern plains. >> while a wintry storm is blowing into the mideast and northeast, here's justin povick at accuweather. good morning, justin. >> reena and t. j., thanks and good morning. a bitter cold start over the upper midwest and the western great lakes. cold enough for some snow. yes, we could actually have some light accumulations around international falls, gusty howling winds from the north and west with soaking showers around milwaukee and madison. potentially more gusty thunderstorms over the south, plains, oklahoma city and dallas, downpours and high winds along interstate 35 in the afternoon. reena and t.j., back to you. >> thank you. a stormy day along interstate 80 in wyoming is blamed for a fatal pile-up. it was the second huge accident along that stretch of highway in less than a week. police say vehicles were driving
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too fast in the fog. one person died in the fiery wreck. as many as two dozen others were injured. the road remains closed overnight. >> the guy who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the u.s. capitol is spending his first night under house arrest. he's at his home in florida with his family but he's wearing a gps bracelet right now. you're seeing the video here. this is the footage of doug hughes as he flew into washington last week using landmarks as his guide. he told abc what was going through his mind as he made his approach. >> at the time that i was flying up the capitol mall and it was a huge thrill, i wasn't worried about getting shot down. i was worried about my flying, and i was getting focused on making my landing. >> as reena was just saying there, this was the most awesome interview of the year and we use the word awesome lightly here. he says if americans pick up his fight for campaign finance reform, it will be all worth it even if he loses his job or goes
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to jail. i know what you mean, at some point george asked him if he's going to fly it again. he said they'll probably melt it down and use it to make beer cans. >> they erupted in laughter at gma. this guy has this crazy sense of humor about it all. >> some people don't go past the word crazy, just stop right there and say he's crazy. to each his own. maybe he made a point. most people don't remember why he said he was doing this. >> he said in the interview i was just delivering the mail. >> because he's a mailman. >> he was delivering letters that he wanted to send out to members in congress, right, about campaign finance reform. >> that's what he said. all the attention is on security and not about campaign finance unfortunately. >> the faa confirms it is looking into a strange situation that happened in northeastern pennsylvania. seemingly from out of nowhere yesterday morning, three properties were hit by a large amount of toilet paper. and pieces of shredded plastic bags. the mess left all over the lawn as well as roof tops of homes
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and buildings. one family believes an aircraft may have dumped the mess on their property. >> i just thought it was crazy actually. i mean, you don't always wake up every day and see toilet paper in your trees. >> so what do we think? it's like the sanitation from an airplane? >> we need to see what amy robach and ginger zee were doing. >> what? >> they like toilet paper. this is as rowdy as they got as children to toilet paper people's homes. yes, those two. i know, right? >> all right. luckily this mess doesn't have an offensive odor. the faa officials are taking samples of the debris testing to determine if they did actually come from an aircraft, but we can confirm at abc news this did not have anything to do with ginger or amy. >> we've got a major consumer alert. this is a major one. blue bell creameries is recalling all of its products currently on the market. you heard that right. recalling everything including
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ice cream, yogurt, sherbert, frozen snacks distributed in 29 states, comes after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria. it is potentially deadly bacteria. much more information at abcnews.com. all of it being recalled. we turn to iowa where up to 5 million chickens will have to be destroyed after the bird flu was found at a farm, the first chicken farm in the state to be affected by the virus which was confirmed at a turkey farm in the state last week. industry experts say it's unlikely to affect egg prices, however. >> so a government panel now recommends that women get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50. as for 40 somethings, they say those women will have to weigh the pros and cons with their doctor, that's basically the same advice the panel gave back in 2009 which created quite a controversy. the american cancer society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40. >> today is april 21st, 4/21, going by the numbers. yesterday was 4/20. the unofficial holiday that
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marijuana advocates love so much for -- you get, yes. >> i was thinking like earth day or something. >> that was earlier. >> students at the university of iowa marked the occasion by handing out brownies from a pot. they called them pot brownies. there was actually no pot involved. >> right. >> basically they were collecting signatures on a petition calling for marijuana to be legalized. >> right. turn to san francisco, it's all about the real thing though. thousands of pot smokers getting together at golden gate park. wow. recreational use in california is still illegal but used for medical purposes has been legal for years. police looked on as the smoke rose. they didn't do a thing about it. hmm. we've got "the skinny" coming your way soon. another big announcement from jon stewart. >> later parents who share just about everything about their kids on social media. is this too much information? you're watching "world news now."
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all right, parents, hold on to this video see that? if your kids out in the bay area there, exploded for some reason. customers stunned. some of them. you see the guy do the little dance going outside. he's the next contestant on "dancing with the stars." the owner says the tank held about 100 gallons of saltwater. all of it over the floor. seven fish inside. there's one person sitting at the bar who didn't move at all. they weren't fascinated at all. >> they're in a high place. >> but they didn't even react to all these fish on the floor. seven fish were in the tank.
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three of them are going to have to be placed in a shoebox and buried somewhere because they did not survive. that's the proper way, right? or do you flush them down the toilet? >> i don't know. >> what's the right way? is there a right way? >> shoebox i think. >> toilet. >> if it's a big fish, it's a goldfish it's down the toilet. but if it's a big fish. >> what fish tank is holding trout? what are you talking about? big fish. >> they weren't little guppies. >> they were little fish. going to turn to texas now. two police officers there, they speed up to a highway accident and find the car in flames, driver trapped inside. >> they join forces with a good samaritan to rescue the man and all of it captured on the cruiser's dash board camera. abc's ryan owens with the dramatic video. >> two officers roll up on the scene of a burning suv. immediately a witness tells the first officer, there's a man in there. >> he's still breathing.
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>> reporter: the officer breaks the window and sees the driver's clothes are on fire. >> he asks his partner for help. get a fire extinguisher. >> the two officers talk to the victim. >> come on, man. >> come on, dude. >> come on. >> as they and a good samaritan team up to drag him to safety. >> come on, man. >> stay with us. >> come on. >> stay with us. >> hang on, man. come on back. come on back. come on, dude, stay with us. >> reporter: the accident happened early sunday morning in the dallas suburb of mesquite. >> relax, bud, okay? you're going to be all right. >> reporter: that 25-year-old driver is in the hospital with serious injuries but he stayed with us, just like those heroic officers begged him to. ryan owens, abc news, tulsa, oklahoma. >> cameras can work in both ways. >> they absolutely can. great for those guys we can see what some of these cops are up against day in and day out. when we come back, returning to "dancing with the stars," a performance that we're told now was too raunchy.
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>> and was the "star wars" sage yoda here on earth seven centuries ago? >> "the skinny" up next.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ >> all right. "dancing with the stars." all right. one number was too raunchy.
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i hate i missed this one last night. what else would it be since rumer willis was dancing to bootilicious. what else can you be but raunchy. crowd loved it. judges not so much. carrie ann said it lacked elegance. it's bootilicious. an exasperated len said it's a ballroom, not a bedroom. >> the highest score went to riker and allison with a sizzling samba. judge bruno said riker is the future of dance. >> galloway danced a rhumba. the judges praised the performance and the partnership they clearly have. >> it was good-bye to patti labelle who lost one of her high heeled shoes in the middle of the punchy heat wave routine. still the judges gave it high marks for fun and entertainment. >> wool see her soon on gma. now we know when we'll have to say good-bye to jon stewart. last night, the comedian said he will host the show for the last time august 6th. >> say it ain't so. the announcement came at the very end of the show with no other details.
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though stewart did say there would be some kind of contest for tickets to the program's last taping. we should offer him the chance to fill in whenever you're not here. the offer is on the table, mr. stewart. should you need a new gig. >> let me know how that goes. jurassic world is what it's called trailer, it's out this morning. the third sequel to the jurassic park advances the story with a theme park full of dinosaurs brought back from extinction. chris pratt plays a trainer there. >> now the park is really pushing the boundaries. >> every time we've unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked. >> that was awesome. >> corporate felt genetic modification would up the wow factor. >> they're dinosaurs. wow enough. >> she was designed to be bigger than the t-rex. >> what happened to the sibling? >> she ate it. >> oh, so who wins? jurassic park or world opens june 12th. it's hard to shake.
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>> proof this morning that yoda is real. he is one of the most powerful jedi masters in the universe. he trained luke skywalker. to fight the galactic empire. he's very old and wise. >> at least as old as the 14th century. take a look at this illustration in a medieval manuscript from france. looks like yoda. same ears an, same robe, same hands. a british librarian came across it recently. looks like george lucas was just channeling the force. >> maybe he has seen this. that is a yoda, no doubt about it. >> let's turn to willie nelson. he is rolling his own brand of marijuana. 81-year-old long time advocate of legalizing weed. he's been busted for possession a number of times in his past. >> now he's capitalizing on the trend to looser marijuana laws. his brand will be called willie's reserve and grown in colorado and washington where recreational pot is allowed. he made the announcement on 4/20, the official stoner holiday. >> it will sell well. any weed sells well.
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well well, you might not have heard of it before but you surely know exactly what it is. it's called oversharenting. >> new word. it's when proud parents document every single moment of their child's lives and post it on social media. paula faris has the story of one mom who got some very hostile pushback. >> reporter: oversharenting, the parenting phenomenon sweeping cyberspace. moms and dads sharing very
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personal parenting moments on very public social media websites. >> they are so proud. they want to gush. >> reporter: from cute outfits to potty training tales. >> the potty training video too much? >> too much. >> reporter: but with all this buzz comes a motherlode of backlash. >> i wasn't posting anything horrible or inappropriate. >> jade received this anonymous letter in the mail slamming the first time mom for posting too much about baby addy on facebook saying she rolls off the mat, we don't care. she's 6 months old. big deal. >> i read it and reread it again and thought this has got to be a joke. i felt like i was being bullied. >> reporter: but she's not buckling instead posting the scathing letter on facebook and it's gone viral. >> i was try -- i was trying to shame them out. literally did i know that it would go all around the world.
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>> reporter: flooded with words of encouragement like you have every right to show off your baby and continue being the fantastic mom you are by being present in your baby's life. >> i wasn't going to go sit in a corner and start crying and take myself off facebook. the total opposite will happen. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> are you guilty? >> no. >> do you do it? >> you know what? i always feel i'm very grateful that my parents didn't have social media back in the day. could you imagine? >> they would have been all over it. >> they would have posted everything, right? >> yeah, i post a lot of stuff about little sabine. we don't go too far. fun stuff. we have a good time. >> she's adorable. >> if you don't like it, just don't follow. >> i know. >> how nasty is that? that's mean. >> that was not a nice letter. we'll be right back with more news. don't miss our updates on facebook. >> announcer: this is abc's
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." u.s. navy is positioning the theodore roosevelt carrier group off the coast of yemen hoping to stop iranian arms shipments to the rebels. sets up another confrontation between the u.s. and iran. full details for you in just a moment. >> the sentencing phase for convicted boston bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev starts this morning, the same jury that convicted him on 30 counts must now decide whether he's sentenced to death or will spend the rest of his life in prison. >> six baltimore police officers have been suspended after the death of a black suspect. freddie gray was dragged into a police van. police say there was no use of force. so many are questioning just how gray ended up with a severed spine. >> blue bell creameries is recalling all of its products after the listeria bacteria was
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found in two samples. the products including ice cream and yogurt are sold in 29 states. those are some of our top stories on this tuesday, april 21st. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. >> hello. we begin this half hour with the deteriorating situation in yemen. the u.s. is moving ships from the persian gulf in the fight against isis to another mideast crisis. >> intended to send a message to the rebels in yemen. devin dwyer has more. >> reporter: this morning an merp show of force in the arabian sea where the "uss theodore roosevelt is steaming its way off the coast of yemen. armed with fa-18 fighter jets the aircraft carrier repositioned from the persian gulf. joining other american ships, the pentagon says, could deter illegal weapons shipments from iran. >> we have seen evidence that
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the iranians are supplying weapons and other forms of support to the houthis in yemen. that's the kind of support that will only contribute to greater violence in that country. >> reporter: the violence has rattled america's gulf allies including neighbor united arab emirates whose crown prince met monday with president obama in the oval office. they're concerned about the advancing rebels who last year ousted yemen's president, one of the top u.s. counter-terrorism partners in the middle east. the pentagon has stepped up security around yemen, deploying amphibious assault ships and destroyers nearby. the navy is now closely watching a flotilla of iranian vessels headed for yemen at a deliberate speed possibly loaded with arms. the u.s. says iranian weapons have fueled a proxy war in yemen with american-backed saudi arabia launching air strikes against the rebels from the other side.
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the complicated crisis in yemen putting the u.s. and iran at risk of confrontation. even as those high stakes nuclear talks seek a compromise. devin dwyer, abc news, washington. what may be the last trial of an alleged nazi war criminal begins today in germany. 93-year-old oscar groening admits he was a bookkeeper at auschwitz but says he was not involved in any killings. says he just collected the cash confiscated from prisoners, one of the few world war ii nazis still living and able to stand trial. two arrests have been made in connection with a smuggling ship that capsized between libya and italy. the captain and crew member were taken into custody when they arrived in sicily along with 28 others who survived. the u.n. says 800 people are believed to have died. just 24 bodies have been recovered so far. there have been at least three other similar disasters this week, two off libya and a third boat that ran aground near greece.
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>> a sobering lesson for a northern california couple after their car was stolen with their son inside. the parents left the car running into the driveway with their 8-year-old in the back seat. when they came out moments later, the car was gone. after a search, little brock guzman was found sleeping just two miles away from the home and was reunited with his relieved mother. >> i asked him if he was scared because that's all i was thinking is how frightened he must be when he wakes up and i wasn't there. and he just said that he wasn't scared. >> well, thankfully, brock apparently slept through most of the ordeal. his parents vowing never to make the same mistake again. >> he slept through it. >> thank god. >> he didn't know he was in trouble. that could have turned out really bad. he slept through it. that is something else. we turn to nasty weather in the east. mostly moved out to sea. before it did, it was a spectacular light show on capitol hill. look at this.
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the storm brought hail and strong winds but there were no reports of significant damage. that is an amazing sight. i wonder if the lawmakers will take that as a sign. that's just ominous, right? >> start that, yeah. absolutely. >> that shot right there, keep that frame. that's my new screen saver. heavier rain earlier in the day brought flooding to many eastern communities. there were quite a few traffic accidents, most not serious. some drivers trapped in vehicles, a lot of roads closed to prevent mishaps. like you're seeing right there. it may be awhile before some reopen. people tell you, the meteorologists always preach this, do not try to drive through this stuff ever. you can't tell how deep the water is. don't attempt it because you end up like that. >> here's a look at today's forecast. rain will move out of new england this morning. dry further down the east coast. a chilly storm system around the great lakes. a new storm system is moving out of the rockies and could bring severe weather. showers in the northwest. >> high temperatures around 70 in the northeast, only in the 40s and 50s in the upper midwest.
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70s further south, as well. a little cool in the west but a high of 91 today in phoenix. we're going to presume she's not watching this morning but hey, you never know. that's not going to stop us from offering a happy birthday wish to britain's queen elizabeth. she's 89 today. we understand she's spending the day with family at windsor castle outside of london. among her possible visitors her great grandson, prince george and his pregnant mother kate. expecting another child of course, by the end of the month. who knows, they could share the same birthday if she goes into labor today. >> she might be in labor now as we speak and we wouldn't know it. >> she could be. let me make sure everybody heard that correctly. we do not have any indication she is in labor but just saying. we wouldn't know until after the fact. >> if i was the queen, i would want my own day even if it's my great grandchild. >> whose day is it? if the child comes, whose day does it become? >> still the queen's. >> got to know your place in life even if you're new to the world. >> you're fourth in line when you're born, little one. hillary clinton, she's dismissing tough questions about
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a new book and her family foundation as she campaigns in new hampshire. she's trying to keep the focus on the economy despite jabs from republicans. the latest from karen travers. >> reporter: hillary clinton hit the ground in new hampshire, her first stop in that critical early voting state. >> we have stalled out. it turns out that we're not producing as many small businesses as we used to. >> candidates have to work hard for votes there. the republican field was out in full force. 19 candidates and potential candidates made their pitch to conservative activists and the sold out republican leadership summit. it's a very crowded field but almost every gop'er took a shot at hillary clinton. >> i think that her dereliction of duty, her not doing her job, her not providing security for our forces, for our diplomatic missions should forever preclude her from holding higher office. >> and clinton's also facing questions about a bombshell new
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book that claims that a as secretary of state, she handed out favors to foreign donor who's gave money to the clinton foundation. in new hampshire, she dodged a question about it from abc news. >> well, we're back into the political season. and therefore, we will be subjected to all kinds of distraction and attacks. and i'm ready for that. >> reporter: hillary clinton is back on the trail again today in new hampshire. she'll hold a smaller event where she will focus on community college education and job training. t.j., reena. >> karen, thank you. it may be a sign of the times. fredericks of hollywood has filed for bankruptcy. >> what. >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> my goodness gracious. all that money i spent, can't keep them in business. >> no, apparently you didn't spend enough. the lingerie retailer closed all its stores and plans to sell its e-commerce business. at its height, they had 200 stores.
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it began as a mail order company that sold what was at the time kind of racy products. that reminds me. i actually have a $50 gift card to that store. is it too late? >> where did you get that? >> you know where i got it? five years ago at my bridal shower. >> right-o. let's get to the big change coming to an american mealtime staple. kraft mac and cheese. kraft says this is the last year the original version of the mac and cheese will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors. the color will now come from spices, among them paprika and turmeric. >> it's yellow powder. >> kraft promises no change in taste. >> speaking of change, it's coming. big-time to a department store in tokyo. >> part of the change you're seeing a robot receptionist. she went on the job yesterday but only working at her station there through today. then she's being brought to another floor where she will offering tours to shoppers for the next couple weeks. >> they're working on getting her off her script which she has to stick to right now. she will be getting upgrades so
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she can speak more languages. >> that is a little interesting. the next wave. a kitchen gadget coming up. kitchen gadget makers getting inspiration from "star wars." you'll see it from our guy dick debartolo. >> also ahead, the 54-year-old woman with almost super human strength. meet a mountain climber like no other. >> first real life drama involving two kids, their mom and a burning house. an unusual call to 911. you need to hear who actually stayed calm through this whole thing. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol power & free. w" now weather brought to you by lysol power and free. selves from the smell and harshness of bleach. lysol power & free has more cleaning power than bleach. the secret is the hydrogen peroxide formula. it kills 99.9% of germs. that's healthing. powerful cleaning that's family friendly. lysol. start healthing. for healthy floors try lysol clean & fresh. the
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take a look here. police dashcam video. this rescue, this is an acciden take a look here. police dashcam video. this rescue, this is an accident near dallas. an suv slammed into a pole was already on fire when the police got there. the driver was unconscious. clothes on fire. a good samaritan helped out along with the two officers pulled the guy from the vehicle.
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telling him over and over stay with us. the victim is in the hospital recovering from burns and interm injuries but all that action caught on camera. >> dramatic video there. a 13-year-old maryland boy is being hailed as a hero for getting help as his home burned. >> he called the 911 which helped firefighters find him. as the flames grew closer and closer. abc's mara schiavocampo with this story. >> reporter: a maryland teen is being praised for keeping his cool. >> it's hot in the hallways. >> while trapped by a house fire. >> i was scared. >> reporter: 13-year-old marcus mccoy calling 911 after waking up to a room full of smoke sunday morning. >> i can't breathe. >> reporter: even calming his 9-year-old sister trapped with him in a second floor bedroom. >> we're going to die. >> please don't say that. >> reporter: marcus remaining calm even as the house filled with smoke. >> when the firefighters come in the house, how do they get to your room? >> go up the steps, right in the back hallway. >> reporter: after ten agonizing minutes, first responders
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arrive. finally finding marcus and someone else. >> actually, i felt something on my boot and then i felt somebody tug. >> reporter: it was aleah, both kids rescued safely thanks to one teen's 911 call during a very close call. >> he did wonderful. everything that he gave us helped save him and his little sister's life. >> reporter: marcus and aleah were treated at an area hospital and released. tuesday, they'll be reunited with the firefighters who saved them. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> coming up here, inspiration from "star wars" and selling the latest kitchen gadgets. >> and meal preparation hardly a chore when you have helpful and innovative gadgets like this. our giz wiz is here next. this. our giz wiz is here next.
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and to prove that, i'm putting $20 on the range. i'm putting the fry pan on top. >> uh-huh. favorite, boiled water. okay? i start with a cup of water. >> all right. >> and i add absolutely nothing. okay? so now, i'm going to make it even harder just to show you how efficient this is. i'm going to put a couple of ice cubes over here. oh, they're melting just from let's start, the temperature. and go, go, go. there we go. and temperature and when we cook at 212, we'll cook at 360. okay. so when that starts to boil, these are melting because i brought them from home. >> okay. >> so when that starts boiling, you'll see the $20 bill will be just fine. >> wow. >> we'll come back to this. >> okay. >> this is the sport blender from hamilton beach. so you put the fruit in that you want to make a smoothie for the gym. then you screw this guy on.
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and what we're going to do is we're going to blend it. >> i have to say i have one of these. i swear by them. i love them because it's such an easy clean-up. >> you drop it in there, you blend it. when it's blended you take the cap off. this is a brand-new blender. so there we go. let me get that guy off. you put on a travel top. >> it's brilliant. >> and you're set to go. >> you don't have to clean up the whole blender. >> are you good at slicing vegetables? >> i wish i was. no, no. >> i am terrified. that's why the chef's thumb, this is serrated to hold the vegetable. this is a protector so you can slice very close and hit this, not your thumb. and there's also a little slide-on vegetable peeler. >> that's amazing. >> okay? that's under 15 bucks. >> that's a great little gift. >> so "star wars" the trailer came out. >> we're ready. >> 10 million people watched it in a few hours. a lot of "star wars" kitchen stuff. lightsaber.
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barbecue tongs. >> no. >> with sound effects no less. >> that is pretty awesome. >> is that a riot? it comes with your red cloak for it when you're not using it. it's scary, isn't it? >> so it's your own lightsaber grill tongs. >> yes, exactly, exactly. this little guy is the r2d2 pizza cutter. that's r2d2 there. he makes his own sound effects. let's do this. >> so it's r2d2 as you're cutting. >> yes. >> that's awesome. that's just too awesome. >> isn't that funny? >> my kids would be crazy. >> i'll tell you about the clock real quick and we'll go back to the stove. so r2d2 kitchen timer and like a regular kitchen timer except you just twist his head anywhere up to 60 minutes and his head slowly turns around and then he rings. >> that's great for a time-out too for toddlers. >> absolutely. you have a great use.
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everything i bring is good for toddlers. >> so this is boiling away. can we see this? we don't need a mirror. they can see that boiling. >> it is. >> i'm going to shut off the stove. it's going to be hot directly under the burner but i'll just show you that. >> wow, nothing. >> nothing. >> wow. >> it's just -- isn't that amazing? and it prints money. there's another 20 and another 20. no. and that's under $100 and this new unit now comes with the pan and the burner. >> amazing. you come up with the best and coolest items. >> thank you. >> i love the "star wars" theme. we're excited. i'm ready to start cooking in the kitchen. >> next month i'm going to the hardware show. more stuff. >> i hope t.j. is doing that one. i'm horrible at hardware stores. you can find more details about these products on dick's website gizwiz.biz. or wnn fans.com. you're watching "world news now." >> smells so good. >> how about some scrambled eggs, dick? >> it's nice. atching "world news now." >> smells so good. >> how about some scrambled
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♪ ♪ finally this half hour, a 54-year-old woman who might be a real-life superhero. agile as catwoman and strong as the man of steel. on top of that, she's an amazing mountain climber. here's abc's jesse palmer. >> reporter: she's the gravity defying spider woman who would give even peter parker a climb for his money. but lynn hill is no computer generated action hero. she's the real deal. >> some people call me a superhero. but i don't really feel like a superhero. i've had magical experiences
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like i don't know why it's coming together like it is just magic. it's something great. >> a trail blazer in the climbing world, in 1993, she became the first person ever to free climb the nearly 3,000 foot nose of el capitan at yosemite. a year later doing it again in just one day. >> all the most visionary climbers kept going after it. here's lynn and she crushes it. >> more than two decades later, it's a route she and only one other person have ever done in less than 24 hours. >> i want to inspire people to really believe in themselves and push beyond and not be limited by stereotypes. >> do you feel like you're in the presence of greatness? >> she approaches things differently. she sees the rock differently and she sees life differently. >> but climbing like her takes catwoman agility and man of steel strength. >> you had to have fingers of steel, zero body fat. more like dance or gymnastics than weightlifting.
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flexibility is super important. you just have to stay really cool and calm. >> but perhaps the now 54-year-old is more like the avengers black widow and her superhuman longevity. >> with great power comes great responsibility. so i try to be good to people. i do my part when it's -- when i can and i just try to talk about what i believe in and that's what a superhero does. they do good things. >> i love it. age is no number, doesn't matter. >> how old are you then? >> oh, well -- >> age just got relevant. didn't it? >> i can't remember this late nightshift. early morning. but i do remember this. >> forgot about this. i've been trying to forget about this. i haven't been back. >> this was great. this was a great moment. >> a great moment? >> i think it was one of your finest moments so far. >> yeah. >> i haven't really recovered from that holster just yet. from that holster just yet.
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this morning on "world news now," outrage in baltimore. the family of a 25-year-old black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury after his arrest demanding justice. >> they're responsible for what happened to him because it happened in their custody. >> the intense investigation into six officers and why the feds may be getting involved. facing justice, convicted boston bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev returned to court for the trial's sentencing phase one day after marathon runners take new steps away from tragedy. >> and a little later, building cabins. the team of guys constructing unique get aways in just five days often turning trash into building materials. >> i'm always going in dumpsters. >> would you let these guys
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build your house? it's tuesday, april 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with t.j. holmes and reena ninan. >> good morning, everyone. look who's back. >> just one day. >> it feels like an eternity when it's one day. >> it was a whole weekend. that's right. >> it felt like awhile. >> did you miss me yesterday? >> i sure did. we had a good time. ryan smith was here. >> i feel so bad anytime i'm off. i don't wish this on anybody. he loves it here. we love it here. glad to have you back. i'm concerned because i just realized you've eaten your rationed fruit snack pack. >> i had two of those. i usually have to space them out. you're right. >> you space them out. usually after the second show they're all done. >> the shift, the change, the weird timing yesterday. and again, that's why i hate it for ryan because he has to switch his schedule up. it's hard to come in for one day and do it. >> he never cries about it. he doesn't?
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>> no. argentina doesn't cry for him. >> you should see the messages he sends me though. >> i doubt it. i doubt it. we are going to begin, boy, a police officer friend of mine said the media, please stop beating up on us about -- he was very upset. the images that come out, it's kind of hard, you know? >> what do you do? we've seen too many cases now where the police officers across the country don't get the benefit of the doubt when they should. officers may have done nothing wrong don't get the benefit of the doubt because of high profile cases. here we go again in baltimore. death of another black man involved in a dramatic confrontation with police. this is baltimore, maryland, this time. >> 25-year-old freddie gray died after a week in a coma, his spine almost completely severed. >> six officers have been suspended. >> police came there was no use of force. david kerley reports it's still unclear why he was arrested in the first place. >> new video from a police camera that still doesn't explain the arrest and death of freddie gray. the cell phone video shows him
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being taken to a police van in a high crime area. seven days later, the 25-year-old was dead. an autopsy shows he suffered a severe spinal injury. police holding a news conference. >> none of the officers describe any use of force. none of the officers describe using any force against mr. gray. >> the family's attorney says the burden for that injury belongs to the police. >> they're responsible for what happened to him because it happened in their custody. under extraordinarily suspicious circumstances. >> police documents say gray was taken into custody without force or incident. but then according to police, he suffered a medical emergency. police say gray ran from police who pursued him, arresting him as this video shows at 8:39. just four minutes at 8:43 is when he's put into that police van and he asks for an inhaler. at 8:46, the van driver says he gets irate. they pull over and leg irons are put on. a medic isn't called till 9:24.
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gray is then hospitalized. >> still the question, where did gray suffer such a traumatic injury and where was it caused? was it here where he was arrested or was it in the van or is it purely a medical emergency? i know when mr. gray was placed inside that van, he was able to talk. he was upset. and when mr. gray was taken out of that van he could not talk and he could not breathe. >> without answers, six baltimore police officers are on suspension. many of the answers inadequate for residents who for a second night are protesting. city leaders are calling for calm as they continue their investigation. david kerley, abc news, baltimore. >> the tulsa volunteer deputy who says he mistakenly shot a black suspect will not be the subject of a civil rights investigation by the fbi but robert bates' qualifications are being disputed. the sheriff says bates was properly trained and passed annual firearm certifications. attorneys for the family of the
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victim eric harris say his training records are incomplete and claim the police violated internal policies by letting bates carry his personal handgun. >> with so much focus on the iran nuclear deal, there is another storm brewing between the u.s. and iran. this time just off the coast of yemen. it comes in the form of an aircraft carrier. the pentagon positioning the "uss theodore roosevelt just off the coast to intercept iranian arms shipments to shiite rebels. also to send a strong message here. yemen's capital sanaa, there have been air strikes there, hit critical targets. that coalition is back the by the u.s., again, setting up a new confrontation between the u.s. and iran. >> new details in the refugee disaster in the med terrain. the captain was arrested. the men were arrested in in a rescue boat. 27 survivors to sicily. the captain faces multiple charges of reckless homicide in what's believed to be the worst
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disaster of its kind. alex marquardt reports from sicily. >> reporter: terrified refugees clinging to floating wreckage off coast of greece. a young boy carried to safety. arriving in italy some of the smallest victims, finally on dry land. frantic scenes across the mediterranean. a desperate search continuing for hundreds more after their boat capsized over the weekend 70 miles after leaving libya. just 28 rescued so far. 24 bodies recovered and so many now feared dead. one survivor saying as many as 950 people were on board. the refugees crammed inside the boat in conditions like these. this was taken by a passenger in another boat who made the journey. it's poverty and war in the middle east and africa that have driven more and more migrants to take that deadly journey. just this year, 35,000 migrants this year have crossed from africa to europe and around 1600
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or more have drowned in this sea. the search for the hundreds growing more hopeless. if no one else is found, it will be the biggest refugee disaster ever recorded in the mediterranean. alex marquardt, palermo, sicily. >> six somali american men from minneapolis are in federal custody charged with trying to join terrorists overseas. they appeared in court yesterday. the fbi says two of the suspects were arrested in san diego where they planned to cross into mexico and make their way to syria. terror experts will tell you that is a particular worry. >> i think the biggest concern we have is these individuals may come back once they go to syria. >> there's no evidence the suspects planned on terror activities here in the u.s. with another running of the boston marathon in the books, the sentencing phase of dzhokhar tsarnaev's bombing trial begins today. same jury that convicted him must now decide whether he's put to death or sentenced to life in prison. jurors were told to avoid
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yesterday's race which was won by the same ethiopian runner who won two years ago hours before the bombs went off. one of those who lost her leg in the attack was rebekah gregory who emotionally crossed the finish line yesterday. >> there's life after bad things that happen to you and if i can be someone's hope or inspiration, that's what i want to do for the rest of my life. >> she was told by her doctors not to run the entire race. she completed the last 3 1/2 miles and says next year she's going to do all 26.2 miles. >> a simple blood test may replace the traditional biopsy in the battle against cancer. researchers say the so-called liquid biopsy can detect trace amounts of cancer in the blood and allow doctors to determine whether a certain treatment was working and make an earlier diagnosis. this was in a small study of patients but the test predicted recurrences three months before a cat scan. wider studies need to be done
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but doctors will tell you this is showing great potential so far. also, more adults are abusing a medication prescribed for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. stressed out workers are relying on adderall. the problem is they may cause anxiety, addiction and hallucinations and a sign of increasing pressure in the workplace. we don't have hard numbers. hard to know how many people are abusing them but doctors are seeing more and more people using it to try to compete in the workplace. drummer for ac/dc pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man in new zealand. phil rudd acknowledged offering cash incentives to an associate in order to have that man taken out. he pled guilty to drug charges and faces up to seven years in prison for the threat. but his lawyers say a deal would be worked out in which he would avoid jail time. >> all right. he is now philadelphia eagle.
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tim tebow, quarterback tebow. do you call him a quarterback? he's been a tv analyst. he's still a quarterback. >> he's known for being a quarterback. period. exclamation point. >> the team, the eagles tweeted out this picture of tebow signing his one-year deal welcoming him to the city of brotherly love. financial terms not disclosed. he hasn't played in the nfl since 2012. a lot of people rooting for him. certainly us here at abc. he's been a member of our family. greatest guy you are ever going to meet and without question one of the most popular and successful quarterbacks in the history of college football. hasn't worked out yet in the nfl. maybe it will. >> he's one of five quarterbacks on the roster right now but he's the only one with his own pretzel. that's right. i said tim tebow has his own pretzel. >> do you see this thing here in this is the philly pretzel factory and it's tebowing. they were sold for $1 each yesterday. the pretzel company says the tebow pretzel could become a regular thing if people like it
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enough. >> another factor determining whether it will be made in the fall is whether tebow is still on the team. >> there's that as well. >> coming up, the family car that looks like a spaceship. it's one automaker's attempt to preview the car of the future. >> also ahead, building a cabin in the woods in just five days. quite a challenge for a team of guys. they can turn trash into building materials. >> illegal street racing on the streets of southern california. the dangerous scenes and police crackdown. >> check out our behind the scenes pics on instagram. abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" off
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yep, you're looking at what's called the sideshow. illegal street racing in which reckless drivers take over the streets at night and they're surging in california. abc's brandi hitt rode along with the highway patrol in an undercover bust of this potentially deadly entertainment. >> reporter: chaos on the streets south of los angeles. >> right there. >> reporter: abc news on an exclusive ride along with undercover officers as they hunt down potentially reckless riders spinning out of control. in what are known as sideshows, illegal mob scenes and street races like these that have turned into a showdown with police. is street racing ramping up? >> yes, we believe so. they think it's us versus them mentality. >> reporter: in february,
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cameras captured this deadly street race in los angeles. watch the mustang on the left swerve into a crowd, killing two people. street racers also shut down l.a.'s busy 105 freeway in december. scenes like these becoming all too familiar from oakland to southern california. >> hopefully we can curve some of this behavior. >> reporter: more than 100 officers flooded streets sunday evening boxing in this swarm of more than 200 cars. at least ten people arrested on a variety of charges including street racing. hundreds of others given misdemeanor citations. some people are going to say maybe this is a little overboard. >> anytime a person gets killed as a result of something like this, we're going to do everything we can to crush this type of criminal activity. >> reporter: officers believe this battle to control the roads here in california is just the beginning. they expected it to get worse during summer break and planning more large police responses like this one. reena and t.j. >> thank you so much. we want to give you and i look
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now what the family sedan will look like in 15 years. i should say might look like. as long as it has heated seats. >> absolutely. you know knee. chevy is showing off the self-driving electric car at the shanghai auto show in china this week. it's called the fnr, a concept car. it's mostly fantasy and doesn't work just yet. chevy is predicting automated cars will be practical and affordable by 2030. good looking. i love cars. they give you these concept cars and then you never see them again. >> can i tell you what i love one feature? >> i'm listening. you never have to worry about losing your keys. it has iris recognition. you just walk in i'm assuming and look and drive off. >> heated seats and she doesn't want to keep the keys. >> iris recognition. that's my new one. >> she'll buy it. >> great escapes coming up. the building duo constructing one-of-a-kind cabins, even an outhouse can have a breathtaking view i'm told. >> ahead in our next half hour, what do you get when you cross
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doting parents with social media? it could be oversharenting. is that a real word? very strong opinions about this one. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "w
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the the builders you're about to meet are part craftsmen and i guess dumpster diver might be a word. they they repurpose unusual material to make unusual cabins. >> they're called the cabin kings. we're up all nightline with abc's byron pitts who paid them a visit. >> reporter: meet pat bakaitis, king craftsman of the northeast. >> i've taken more stuff out of a dumpster than i've thrown in a dumpster. >> he has the knack for making about just anything out of just about anything. >> that's a hornet's nest. you find them in the trees in the fall. >> he's one-half of the duo behind the crazy cabins featured on national geographic channel's hit show "building wild."
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>> i can't afford a 60-foot deck. >> we can't afford to have it tip over. >> reporter: along with designer paul dimeo, they together make up the cabin kings. their ideas aren't always conventional. >> this is going to be great. how often do you get to build with an airplane? but there is a method to their madness. they save their clients time and money on a hilltop cabin. >> my bed. nice. >> this is just crazy. >> reporter: a floating get away. >> this is so cool. >> reporter: and this sugar shack. >> wow, holy, wow, this doesn't look like the thing that we left. >> reporter: we wanted to get a closer look at some of the most outrageous cabins and traveled to bennington, vermont, the heart of cabin country. we snowmobiled our way through winding backroads, braved sub zero temperatures and climbed 1200 feet above sea level to check out this, the waterfall cabin. >> what do you think when you see all this?
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>> i just -- i see no stress and relaxation. that's what i see. >> reporter: but it's not just the view that makes this cabin special. master bedroom is made out of a refrigerator box truck. and a toilet like no other. >> step up in there. >> all right. >> just try it out. don't have to use it. >> what the -- what? my god. >> for the family, the outcome better than they dreamed. >> shut the hell up. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> this is like a -- >> correct, correct. >> nope. can't put a price tag on it. probably it will never be for sale. i guess it won't matter what it's worth. >> reporter: for night line, byron pitts in vermont. >> these guys get like five days. >> and that's it. "building wild" is the name of the show. it airs tonight 9:00, 8:00 central time on national geographic channel. that's a big deal. five days.
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all right. time for "the mix". you know, i almost wanted to skip the first story so all right. time for "the mix". you know, i almost wanted to skip the first story so we can get right to reena's. the new one world trade center, i'm going to take you inside. this is something cool they've done with the elevator that takes you up to the observatory at the new one world trade center. what it does is takes you through 550 years of history of the tip of manhattan. you see it being built up. one thing you notice coming up on the right, it shows it from this perspective. you're going to see part of the history of lower manhattan. the twin towers which are no longer there. you see the twin towers pop up as part of the history and then there it is on the right. and then it fades away. that represents it being there and no longer being there. lower manhattan.
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kind of a sad tribute but it's part of the history of the tip of manhattan. still, it's remarkable what they've done and this elevator ride you'll be able to see if you go to the observatory there up to the 102nd floor. >> i like the way they did that. >> it's interesting how they did it. >> ready for my story that you were giggling about? >> let's do it. >> there is a 7-year-old boy who wants to be a jedi knight. and the problem is, he wants to get married. that's really the problem. >> not now. like later in his life. >> down the road and this whole concept the jedi notion if you have a personal attachment somehow you can go into the darkside. he was a little concerned about that and wants to get married at some point and decided to write to george lucas himself. and he just -- there you see his handwritten note. i want to get married without becoming a sith. >> why are you laughing? >> you're doing well so far. >> all right. you didn't think i'd get this
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far, tj. this boy got a response from george lucas. he took the time to write back. he said to be a true jedi, you have to know the value of friendship, compassion and loyalty. these are important tenets in marriage and he said when you find somebody you can connect to in a selfless way you're in the path of light. the dark side will not take hold of you. with this goodness in your heart, you can get married. sincerely george lucas. >> he took time to write that kid. that is fantastic. >> i think it's a lovely letter and lovely response. >> well thought out actually. >> it's good for those of us married we're not all on the darkside. >> well. i got married. it kept me from the darkside when i got married. let's show you one piece of video. a young lady, 9 years old and is she just not impressive? she is on the show britain's got talent. she's a junior irish kickboxing champion. her whole point was to get out there and wow simon cowell.
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she did. she's going onto the next round.
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this morning on "world news now," life or de this morning on "world news now," life or death. the sentencing phase of the convicted boston bomber begins just hours from now. why some survivors say his life should be spared. >> extreme weather. from lightning storms last night on capitol hill to powerful winds whipping across georgia. the human toll and the next storm. >> dramatic scene. the roadside rescue carried out by quick thinking police officers and how a complete stranger helped them in an explosive life or death situation. >> and critical nights. the judges come down hard on "dancing with the stars" contestants who got kicked off and whose performance was considered too raunchy. that's in "the skinny" on this tuesday, april 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with
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t.j. holmes and reena ninan. good morning, everyone. we're going to begin with a very serious topic this hour. the next step in the trial of dzhokhar tsarnaev. the next step is actually the trial sentencing phase. it begins this very morning. >> the question now, will he be sentenced to death or life in prison? this new phase of the trial starts a day after the boston marathon. abc's tom llamas reports for us from boston. >> reporter: for many, the boston marathon is a milestone. >> so proud of you. >> reporter: for rebekah gregory, it's a turning point. posting this picture on facebook, this is the day i take my life back. after losing a leg in the bombing, she learned to walk again, then to run, and that photo finish falling to her knees overwhelmed with emotion. >> whatever's going on in your life, just don't give up because the finish line is a great place to be. >> reporter: today, prosecutors
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begin their effort to convince jurors to sentence dzhokhar tsarnaev to death, something a growing number of his victims oppose. patrick downs and his wife jessica who each lost a leg telling the boston globe we must overcome the impulse for vengeance. the richard family saying it could brings years of appeals and prolonged reliving the most painful day of our lives. >> it's just bringing up all of this stuff and having to relive it every single day and -- there's no good that can come out of that. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say they've been in constant contact with the victims and they understand their concerns but they told me point blank they are pursuing the death penalty. tom llamas, abc news, boston. >> we turn to baltimore now where city officials calling for calm as protesters rally against the death of another black man in police custody. 25-year-old freddie gray you're seeing there suffered a fatal spinal injury. he slipped into a coma and died a week after he was arrested. this is the video. a lot of people have been
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seeing. he's crying out as he's dragged into a police van. six officers have been suspended. police say there's no evidence of any use of force. >> they're responsible for what happened to him because it happened in their custody under extraordinarily suspicious circumstances that cry out for transparency and full disclosure. >> police say gray took off running when he saw the officers. they say he had a switch blade. it's unclear why he was arrested. he repeatedly asked for an inhaler and medical attention while in the van. the police commissioner has acknowledged that they should have called paramedics sooner. >> much of the east is drying out after severe thunderstorms. there was a spectacular light show on capitol hill as well as hail. no reports of significant damage. and you'll probably see this video in a late night comedy monologue soon, but for many of the east, these storms were no laughing matter. abc's linsey davis has details. >> reporter: nearly the entire
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i-95 corridor, more than 50 million people in the crosshairs of severe storms. georgia pummeled with hail. >> i've never seen hail this big. >> this storm has the very real potential to produce tornado touchdowns. >> reporter: tornado warnings sending these georgia high school students into lockdown, sheltering in a hallway. the storms also proving deadly. a 60-year-old killed after a tree crashed on to her house in atlanta. sirens blared along miami beach after a funnel cloud was spotted. while in new york, 45-mile-an-hour wind gusts flipped umbrellas inside out. traffic is creeping along because of major flooding on this highway. in fact, we've gotten more rain just in one hour than we have in the entire month. all that rain also causing flash flooding. this same system producing more than 400 severe weather reports since the weekend. damage from confirmed tornadoes and straight-line winds. in alabama, the wind so strong, trains blown off their tracks.
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the severe weather isn't over yet. commuters in the northeast still not getting a break. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> these downpours tapering off in the northeast. another major storm system is hitting the southern plains. >> while a wintry storm is blowing into the mideast and northeast, here's justin povick at accuweather. good morning, justin. >> reena and t. j., thanks and good morning. a bitter cold start over the upper midwest and the western great lakes. cold enough for some snow. yes, we could actually have some light accumulations around international falls, gusty howling winds from the north and west with soaking showers around milwaukee and madison. potentially more gusty thunderstorms over the south, plains, oklahoma city and dallas, downpours and high winds along interstate 35 in the afternoon. reena and t.j., back to you. >> thank you. a stormy day along interstate 80 in wyoming is blamed for a fatal pile-up. it was the second huge accident along that stretch of highway in less than a week. police say vehicles were driving too fast in the fog.
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one person died in the fiery wreck. as many as two dozen others were injured. the road remains closed overnight. >> the guy who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the u.s. capitol is spending his first night under house arrest. he's at his home in florida with his family but he's wearing a gps bracelet right now. we're getting a look. you're seeing the video here. this is the footage of doug hughes as he flew into washington last week using landmarks as his guide. he told abc what was going through his mind as he made his approach. >> at the time that i was flying up the capitol mall and it was a huge thrill, i wasn't worried about getting shot down. i was worried about my flying, and i was getting focused on making my landing. >> as reena was just saying there, this was the most awesome interview of the year and we use the word awesome lightly here. he says if americans pick up his fight for campaign finance reform, it will be all worth it even if he loses his job or goes to jail.
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i know what you mean, at some point george asked him if he's going to fly it again. he said they'll probably melt it down and use it to make beer cans. >> they erupted in laughter at gma. this guy has this crazy sense of humor about it all. >> some people don't go past the word crazy, just stop right there and say he's crazy. to each his own. maybe he made a point. most people don't remember why he said he was doing this. >> he said in the interview i was just delivering the mail. >> because he's a mailman. >> he was delivering letters that he wanted to send out to members in congress, right, about campaign finance reform. >> that's what he said. all the attention is on security and not about campaign finance unfortunately. oh, doug. >> the faa confirms it is looking into a strange situation that happened in northeastern pennsylvania. seemingly from out of nowhere yesterday morning, three properties were hit by a large amount of toilet paper. and pieces of shredded plastic bags. the mess left all over the lawn
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as well as rooftops of homes and buildings. one family believes an aircraft may have dumped the mess on their property. >> i just thought it was crazy actually. i mean, you don't always wake up every day and see toilet paper in your trees. >> so what do we think? it's like the sanitation from an airplane? >> we need to see what amy robach and ginger zee were doing. >> what? what does that have to do with it? >> they like toilet paper. this is as rowdy as they got as children to toilet paper people's homes. yes, those two. i know, right? >> all right. luckily this mess doesn't have an offensive odor. the faa officials are taking samples of the debris testing to determine if they did actually come from an aircraft, but we can confirm at abc news this did not have anything to do with ginger or amy. >> we've got a major consumer alert. this is a major one. blue bell creameries is recalling all of its products currently on the market. you heard that right. recalling everything including
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ice cream, yogurt, sherbert, frozen snacks distributed in 29 states, comes after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria. it is potentially deadly bacteria. much more information at abcnews.com. all of it being recalled. we turn to iowa where up to 5 million chickens will have to be destroyed after the bird flu was found at a farm, the first chicken farm in the state to be affected by the virus which was confirmed at a turkey farm in the state last week. industry experts say it's unlikely to affect egg prices, however. >> so a government panel now recommends that women get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50. as for 40 somethings, they say those women will have to weigh the pros and cons with their doctor, that's basically the same advice the panel gave back in 2009 which created quite a controversy. the american cancer society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40. >> today is april 21st, 4/21, going by the numbers. yesterday was 4/20. the unofficial holiday that
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marijuana advocates love so much 4/20 -- you get, yes. >> i was thinking like earth day or something. >> that was earlier. >> students at the university of iowa marked the occasion by handing out brownies from a pot. they called them pot brownies. there was actually no pot involved. >> right. >> basically they were collecting signatures on a petition calling for marijuana to be legalized. >> right. turn to san francisco, it's all about the real thing though. thousands of pot smokers getting together at golden gate park. wow. recreational use in california is still illegal but used for medical purposes has been legal for years. police looked on as the smoke rose. they didn't do a thing about it. hmm. we've got "the skinny" coming your way soon. another big announcement from jon stewart. >> later, parents who share just about everything about their kids on social media. is this too much information? you're watching "world news now."
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all right, parents, hold on to this video out in the bay area there, exploded for some reason. customers stunned. some of them. you see the guy do the little dance going outside. he's the next contestant on "dancing with the stars." the owner says the tank held about 100 gallons of saltwater. all of it over the floor. seven fish inside. there's one person sitting at the bar who didn't move at all. they weren't fascinated at all. >> they're in a high place. >> but they didn't even react to all these fish on the floor.
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seven fish were in the tank. three of them are going to have to be placed in a shoebox and buried somewhere because they did not survive. that's the proper way, right? or do you flush them down the toilet? >> i don't know. >> what's the right way? is there a right way? >> shoebox i think. >> toilet. >> if it's a big fish, it's a goldfish it's down the toilet. but if it's a big fish. >> what fish tank is holding trout? what are you talking about? big fish. >> they weren't little guppies. >> they were little fish. going to turn to texas now. two police officers there, they speed up to a highway accident and find the car in flames, driver trapped inside. >> they join forces with a good samaritan to rescue the man and all of it captured on the cruiser's dashboard camera. abc's ryan owens with the dramatic video. >> two texas police officers roll up on the scene of a burning suv. immediately a witness tells the first officer, there's a man in there.
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>> he's still breathing. >> reporter: the officer breaks the window and sees the driver's clothes are on fire. >> he asks his partner for help. get a fire extinguisher. >> the two officers talk to the victim. >> come on, man. >> come on, dude. >> come on. >> as they and a good samaritan team up to drag him to safety. >> come on, man. >> stay with us. >> come on. >> stay with us. >> hang on, man. come on back. come on back. come on, dude, stay with us. >> reporter: the accident happened early sunday morning in the dallas suburb of mesquite. >> relax, bud, okay? you're going to be all right. >> reporter: that 25-year-old driver is in the hospital with serious injuries but he stayed with us, just like those heroic officers begged him to. ryan owens, abc news, tulsa, oklahoma. >> cameras can work in both ways. >> they absolutely can. great for those guys. we can see what some of these cops are up against day in and day out. when we come back, turning to "dancing with the stars," a performance that we're told now was too raunchy.
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ >> all right. "dancing with the stars." all right. one number was too raunchy. i hate i missed this one last night.
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what else would it be since rumer willis was dancing to bootilicious. by destiny's child. what else can you be but raunchy. crowd loved it. judges not so much. carrie ann said it lacked elegance. it's bootilicious. an exasperated len said it's a ballroom, not a bedroom. >> the highest score went to riker and allison with a sizzling samba. judge bruno said riker is the future of dance. >> galloway danced a rhumba. the judges praised the performance and the partnership they clearly have. >> it was good-bye to patti labelle who lost one of her high heeled shoes in the middle of the punchy heat wave routine. still the judges gave it high marks for fun and entertainment. >> wool see her soon on gma. now we know when we'll have to say good-bye to jon stewart. last night, the comedian said he will host the show for the last time august 6th. >> say it ain't so. the announcement came at the very end of the show with no other details.
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though stewart did say there would be some kind of contest for tickets to the program's last taping. we should offer him the chance to fill in whenever you're not here. the offer is on the table, mr. stewart. should you need a new gig. >> let me know how that goes. jurassic world is what it's called trailer, it's out this morning. the third sequel to the jurassic park advances the story with a theme park full of dinosaurs brought back from extinction. chris pratt plays a trainer there. >> now the park is really pushing the boundaries. >> every time we've unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked. >> that was awesome. >> corporate felt genetic modification would up the wow factor. >> they're dinosaurs. wow enough. >> she was designed to be bigger than the t-rex. >> what happened to the sibling? >> she ate it. >> oh, so who wins? jurassic park or world opens
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june 12th. it's hard to shake. >> proof this morning that yoda is real. he is one of the most powerful jedi masters in the universe. he trained luke skywalker. to fight the galactic empire. he's very old and wise. >> at least as old as the 14th century. take a look at this illustration in a medieval manuscript from france. looks like yoda. same ears same robe, same hands. a british librarian came across it recently. looks like george lucas was just channeling the force. >> maybe he has seen this. that is a yoda, no doubt about it. >> let's turn to willie nelson. he is rolling his own brand of marijuana. 81-year-old long time advocate of legalizing weed. he's been busted for possession a number of times in his past. >> now he's capitalizing on the trend to looser marijuana laws. his brand will be called willie's reserve and grown in colorado and washington where recreational pot is allowed. he made the announcement on 4/20, the official stoner holiday. >> it will sell well. any weed sells well.
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well, you might not have heard of it before but you surely know exactly what it is. it's called oversharenting. >> new word. it's when proud parents document every single moment of their child's lives and post it on social media. paula faris has the story of one mom who got some very hostile pushback. >> reporter: oversharenting, the parenting phenomenon sweeping cyberspace. moms and dads sharing very
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personal parenting moments on very public social media websites. >> they are so proud. they want to gush. >> reporter: from cute outfits to potty training tales. >> the potty training video too much? >> too much. >> reporter: but with all this buzz comes a motherlode of backlash. >> i wasn't posting anything horrible or inappropriate. >> jade received this anonymous letter in the mail slamming the first time mom for posting too much about baby addy on facebook saying she crawls off the mat, we don't care. she's 6 months old. big deal. >> i read it and reread it again and thought this has got to be a joke. i felt like i was being bullied. >> reporter: but she's not buckling instead posting the scathing letter on facebook and it's gone viral. >> i was shocked. i wanted to shame them out.
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literally did i know that it would go all around the world. >> reporter: flooded with words of encouragement like you have every right to show off your baby and continue being the fantastic mom you are by being present in your baby's life. >> i wasn't going to go sit in a corner and start crying and take myself off facebook. the total opposite will happen. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> are you guilty? >> no. >> do you do it? >> you know what? i always feel i'm very grateful that my parents didn't have social media back in the day. could you imagine? >> they would have been all over it. >> they would have posted everything, right? >> yeah, i post a lot of stuff about little sabine. we don't go too far. fun stuff. we have a good time. >> she's adorable. >> if you don't like it, just don't follow. >> i know. >> how nasty is that? that's mean. >> that was not a nice letter. we'll be right back with more news. don't miss our updates on facebook. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. >> announcer: this is abc's
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making news in america this morning -- running strong. tens of thousands take to the streets of boston. but mixed emotions at the marathon as the next faze in the bombing trial starts in hours. outrage. six officers suspended. an intense investigation in the city of baltimore. washed away. this video just in. watch as this home is swept off in raging flood waters. the storm dumping more than a foot of rain. and have mercy. john stamos revealing overnight, the big "full house" reunion is coming. who did uncle jesse tell to cut it out and get on board?

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